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Gary Oldman used a scheduled appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to apologise for his remarks about Mel Gibson's race row, explaining he "should know better".
The Dark Knight star hit headlines this week (beg23Jun14) following the publication of an interview with Playboy magazine, in which Oldman spoke about Gibson's infamous anti-Semitic tirade during a 2006 arrest. Oldman suggested the Braveheart actor was unfairly ostracised due to "political correctness" and he claimed Hollywood is "run by Jews". He came under fire from officials at America's Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who condemned his comments.
Oldman apologised in a statement to the society on Wednesday (25Jun14) and used a scheduled appearance on the U.S. late night chat show to express his sorrow over the scandal.
Oldman told Kimmel, "I said some things that were poorly considered and once I had seen it in print I could see that it was offensive, insensitive, pernicious, and ill-informed. Words have meaning. They carry weight and they carry on long after you've said them and I don't condone or excuse the words I used in any context. I just basically shouldn't have used them in any context, but I did and I have deeply injured and wounded a great many people. So, I appreciate you having me here and extending your hospitality to put me in this seat once again and it gives me the opportunity to say to those people that I, from my heart, I am profoundly sorry and deeply apologetic. Especially to the fans because they have been so incredible to me and very loyal. My nickname (for them is) 'Team Oldman' and I really feel that I let them down... I'm a public figure. I should be an example and an inspiration, and I'm an a-hole. I'm 56 and should know better."
He later added, "I just think that we're public figures and sometimes we're looked upon, asked to be social or cultural or political commentators and, I can't speak for other people, but I'm not, clearly. I stepped out of my area of expertise and I just landed both feet in a hornet's nest... it came over in a certain way and for that, I'm deeply sorry."
Welcome to Pawnee, Indiana. We are located 90 miles from Indianapolis and we are the state's seventh-largest city. We are a city of kind citizens, green places, and a deep love and respect for the land. For the care and protection of these public outdoor spaces, we turn to the Parks and Recreation Department, headed by the honorable Ronald Ulysses Swanson. In order to ensure that the parks, pools, and public spaces of Pawnee remain in their tip top condition and able to provide good, clean fun for the citizens of Pawnee and their guests, the Parks and Recreation Department asks you to follow the following pertinent rules and regulations. Please and thank you, rest in peace L'il Sebastian.
Sometimes, a friend in need deserves a bailout in deed. Whether the problem is personal (like wanting your ex-boyfriend to father your child) or professional (is your coworker lazy, or is your friend's business closing?) we all sometimes need a little help to get by from our friends. And we Pawneeans are kind, helpful people, always ready to lend a hand. But when doing so, be sure to follow these 10 guidelines to ensure your friend safely gets the help he or she requires.
10 Rules and Regulations for Bailing Out a Friend
1. Does your friend seem upset? Ask yourself, what can I do to help out? What do I have that they need? Maybe your friend is trying to get pregnant, and just needs a friend to listen. Maybe your friend owns the snobbishly depressing Pawnee VideoDome and will go out of business without your financial help. Maybe your friend wants your sperm. Regardless, the first step is the same: Look deep inside yourself and determine what you can do to make his or her life happier.
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2. Sometimes, your friend will come to you. She will be forthright and forthcoming with her needs. If this is the case, play along! If, say, someone you haven't always particularly liked (because she dated and lived in a romantic way with your husband before he was your husband) asks you to be her friend — even if it is in exchange for something you need in return, like a recommendation for veterinary school in Bloomington — go along with it. You never know, she may be hurting behind her beautiful tropical fish eyes. She may be looking for more than a pedicure partner, something greater than a scary Charlotte to her Carrie.
3. Get a team behind you. Not all problems can be solved tete-a-tete, some require help from a larger group. Take, for instance, the example of Dennis Lerpiss and the closure of his VideoDome. You can't single-handedly fix that one up! To keep that sad little video rental store going you'll have to turn it into a historic landmark and bail it out with government funds. The place is a relic anyway — you can download movies on the Internet now; I'm watching zoolander on my phone right now! — might as well make it official.
4. Prepare for the opposition. Not everyone will think bailing out your friend (and his business) is the right thing to do. Expect resistance from the libertarian with the mustache, but remain strong in your convictions if you think what you are doing is right.
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5. Channel your own needs in order to better to help your friend. Perhaps you are yourself struggling with a dilemma. You can't help but wonder, Will you make a good father? Do you want to donate your sperm to a friend? Are you ready for that kind of responsibility? Will raising a kid infringe upon your strict exercise regimen? The best way to work out your issue may be to offer your assistance to someone else.
6. Say yes. After spending time pretending Tom Haverford — who is struggling with his drunk, brash, skanky (Jean-Ralphio's words, not ours) employee — is your son, you may learn something. And that thing may just be that your paralyzing fear of negatively affecting anything is something you can overcome. So go ahead and say yes to your friend. Help yourself by helping her. Now, doesn't that feel nice?
7. Don't be afraid to help yourself. Listen to your helpful friends, think about what they say, and then do what feels right for you. Stand up for yourself, lay down your own law. But at the end of the day, if you want to begin a sexual relationship with your employee, Jean-Ralphio's twin sister Mona Lisa, then do what you need to do.
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8. Listen. This is the most important rule, so we'll say it a few more times for good measure — listen, listen, listen! And really listen; like, read between the lines listen. Maybe your (new, sort of pretend) friend seems like she is happy to just sing karaoke in her office — because, let's face it, "Time After Time" really does cure all woes — but if you are really there for her you'll know that what she needs is companionship… and a baby names book with a bow.
9. Know when to stop. Because sometimes — okay, all the times — the libertarian with the mustache is correct, and you need to let your friend fight his own battles. You can always start a government-funded movie night of your own to make up for the new lack of video store in Pawnee, one where you can feel free to show The Sound of Music instead of Paths of Glory.
10. Do not throw rocks at a hornet's nest!
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Thanks to underperforming box office, many people didn't expect the film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to get its sequel. But then again, who expected Lisbeth Salander to be a hero? Who expected quiet Sweden to be a hotbed for serial murders? Who expected Led Zeppelin to lend their music to the opening credits? This is a true victory in the war against skepticism: Sony has confirmed that a sequel is officially underway.
Steven Zaillian, the screenwriter who adapted The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has penned an adapted script of the series second part, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and is reportedly working on one for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (the third and final part of The Millenium Trilogy). Sony plans to produce both films. However, there will be at least one major change: director David Fincher might not be involved due to a conflict with a passion project of his—a new film adaptation of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Fincher, director of modern classics such as Se7en, Fight Club and The Social Network, wants to attach his dark, introspective trademark to the classic Jules Verne story about Captain Nemo's travails through the ocean. Due to the schedules of both films, it is unlikely that Fincher would be able to return as the director for the upcoming Millenium Trilogy installment.
So the question is: who might be a worthy candidate to handle The Girl Who Played with Fire? Fincher definitely put a very Fincher spin on the first film. Is there a director out there with a powerful and applicable vision for the upcoming sequel?
No one expected Sony to stop after adapting Stieg Larsson's first novel, but fans will still be pleased to hear that the studio is already pushing forward on production for a The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo sequel—an adaptation of The Girl Who Played with Fire.
Dragon Tattoo has not exactly been a financial success. The film has grossed only $60 million from its $90 million budget since its American opening on Dec. 20, likely due in part to its gritty plot, style and source material. Director David Fincher and star Daniel Craig are both remarkable talents who have appealed to a variety of audiences in the past, but the essence of the Millenium Trilogy sort of outweighs any and all of the individuals involved.
Still, fans of the series are likely to remain dedicated attendees of The Girl Who Played with Fire and, if the series gets this far (which I believe it will), The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Both Craig and Rooney Mara, who plays the series' iconic character Lisbeth Salander, are on board to star in Played with Fire. The first film's screenwriter Steve Zaillian is also signed on to return. Fincher has not yet decided if he will return as director.
The James Bond star appears opposite Rooney Mara in the new American adaptation of the first of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy books, and Fincher has now revealed he is planning to film the two sequels The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.
Fincher has confirmed the movies will be made back-to-back on location in Larsson's native Sweden.
He tells Collider, "The second two books are very much one story and it doesn't seem prudent to me to go to Sweden for a year. Come back for a year. Put out the second one. Go to Sweden for a year. Come back for a year. I don't think Rooney wants to be doing this four years from now. So I think that would be crazy especially given the sense that it's really one story that's kind of bifurcated in the middle."
In honor of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest release and The Girl Who Played with Fire's DVD release, we've got a huge prize pack giveaway!
Based on the world-wide best selling series from Swedish author, Steig Larsson, the 3rd and final installment of the series hits theaters Friday, October 29th. The first two films, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl who Played with Fire, have both received wide acclaim from both audiences and critics.
About 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest
In the final installment of the “Millennium Trilogy” – Lisbeth Salander is fighting for her life in more ways than one. In intensive care and charged with three murders, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. Once upon a time, she was a victim. Now Salander is fighting back.
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ONE (1) winner will receive the following:
(1) Noomi Rapace (Lisbeth Salander) signed The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest theatrical poster.
(1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD
(1) The Girl who Played with Fire DVD
(1) One copy of EACH of the three 'Millennium Trilogy' Books including: 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo', 'The Girl Who Played with Fire' and The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest.'
Days ago, the worldwide search for an actress to play Lisbeth Salander, the punky protagonist at the center of Columbia Pictures adaptation of Steig Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (and two more films to follow) ended. Rooney Mara, a relatively unknown 24-year-old landed the coveted role and will undoubtedly be shot to fame quicker than a reality TV star. But what of Noomi Rapace, the relatively unknown 30-year-old Swedish actress who masterfully led the original adaptations of The Millennium Trilogy (The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest round out the series)?
Industry insiders are already dubbing Rapace as the next big thing in Hollywood, a town that loves to find talent abroad and bring them to mainstream American films. I liken her soon-to-be meteoric rise to the cases of Sam Worthington and Marion Cotillard. The Aussie could barely grab a decent gig in the States before James Cameron cast him as the lead in Avatar and now he's got enough work to keep him busy for the next few years. Cotillard, the French actress who became an over-night sensation with La Vie En Rose, went on to star in blockbuster films like Public Enemies and Inception. If these earlier examples prove anything, it's that a single role can can change the course of one's career and given Deadline's recent report, it looks like Rapace may be next in line to become an honored Hollywood Import.
Sources close to the actress claim that she has been pursued by nearly every studio in town to make her big Tinsel Town debut. Warner Brothers has approached her about working on Sherlock Holmes 2 and Paramount Pictures and director Brad Bird are actively pursuing her for Mission: Impossible IV. With offers like those coming in, I can't wait to see what kind of leading roles she's going to be offered in the near future.
But the love Rapace is feeling doesn't end with studio executives, she's got taste makers eating out of her hand as well. Director/producer Brett Ratner jumped at the chance just to meet her, while McG wants her to play the villain in his new action-comedy This Means War at 20th Century Fox. She also met with Brad Fischer for the Phoenix Pictures project The Last Voyage Of The Demeter, Jon Amiel on his latest (believed to be titled Masterwork), James McTeigue on The Raven and Tommy Wirkola on Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters.
Most significant though is the talk of Noomi getting an Oscar nomination for her work on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The foreign film was a huge success overseas and has thrilled select American audiences who came out to see what all the fuss was about. Deadline's Nikki Finke has confirmed that Rapace does qualify for an Academy Award, as Music Box Films released director Niels Arden Oplev's Dragon Tattoo in a Los Angeles County theater for an awards run this past March, thus making Rapace's performance eligible. The company has also hired an Oscar publicist to promote Noomi for a Best Actress nomination.
Whether or not Noomi Rapace takes the stage at The Kodak Theater this February is anyone's guess, but what is a sure thing is that she has left her mark on both global cinema as the most authentic embodiment of Larsson's beloved character and on Hollywood's most powerful players as a talented and strong actress. I hope that she gets the chance to show American audiences what everyone is show business already sees: a hard worker capable of complete transformation and wonderful performances.
The girlfriend of late author STIEG LARSSON has revealed the Swedish journalist was just 100 pages shy of completing the fourth and final book in his Millennium Series of books when he suffered a massive heart attack and died in 2004. Larsson's books were published after his death and have become a literary phenomenon; the three books he completed have been turned into cult movies The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.